Joseph Schwartz - "A Peculiar Blind Spot: Why Did 'Radical' Political Theory Ignore the Rampant Rise in Inequality Over the Past Thirty Years?"
Mon, February 18, 2013 • 3:00 PM • CLA 1.302B
Professor Joseph M. Schwartz, Department of Political Science , Temple University
This talk explores why in the past thirty years most political theorists have failed to address the debilitating effects of growing inequality on people’s lives and on democratic s ociety. It shows that most theorists have overlooked individuals’ limited ability to resist material realities such as poverty or the structure of authority in the workplace.
D r. Schwartz is the author of several books and articles on inequality and democracy, including most recently The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States (2009), winner of the American Political Science 2011 David Easton award for the best book in political theory.
Sponsored by the Power, History, and Society (PHS) Graduate Student and Faculty Network and the Department of Sociology.